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June 03, 2011

Geraghty Vs. Some Idiot on CNN, Where The C Stands For "Obama," Even Though It's a C
Update: Bonus Stupid At The End

Here's the vid, but if you're like me and would rather just read, Geraghty has the important bit here.

By the way, that clip starts off with Weiner-Talk, which is inadvertent; I'm really not linking it for that, but for this:

Well. CNN’s Ali Velshi did NOT like my observation that barring a sudden drop in the unemployment rate between now and November 2012, the unemployment rate for every month of Obama’s presidency will be higher than it was for every month of Bush’s two terms. He dismissed it as a “talking point” and told me, “you have to come better armed than that.” He noted that Bush didn’t have “the Great Recession.” (I do seem to remember some sort of tech bubble bursting as the decade dawned, and some sort of intense economic disruption from a big event in fall 2001, but perhaps my memory’s hazy.)

Attempting to get a word in edgewise, I tried to point out that this is a central point of the traditional argument of challengers against presidential incumbents: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” For eight years, Democrats painted the Bush years, with their 4 to 6 percent unemployment, as the bad old days of economic deprivation. (Here’s a letter from Nancy Pelosi and Tom Daschle bewailing high unemployment and the tough job market in December 2003, when the unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.) Sure, Obama and the Democratic Congress inherited a tough economic circumstance — but with large congressional majorities able to pass the stimulus and the health-care bill, most Americans haven’t felt any significant improvement in their lives.

Based on this highly partisan bit of argumentation, I thought this was some kind of DNC spokeswoman brought on to face off with the conservative. But no, this seems to be some kind of CNN regular.

Good God. Actually, look, now that I'm watching the vid? Yeah, watch the vid. Ignore my suggestion you just read the transcript.

What can we say about the unemployment figure argument? Well, certainly it seems to me rather more important than this CNN reportwit thinks. That jobless rate just keeps "unexpectedly" rising, doesn't it?

Here's what I'd really say. I'm really looking forward to this movie, Bad Teachers. If you click to 1:55 to 2:02, I think that says pretty much what needs to be said about this "very, very weak" argument according to this guy I never heard of on CNN.

Oh, and the unrated version of the trailer. Content Warning, For Being The Unrated Version of the Trailer. What Did I Just Say?

Oh My Dear Sweet Lord: No words.

Via This Guy.

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